I know we’ve mentioned this just a few times on this here blog, but the San Diego Padres have made an absolutely epic turnaround this season.
Last night after a 5-0 domination of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Padres notched their 75th win of the season. That means the Friars have matched their win total from all of 2009…on August 24th.
To put it another way, the Padres have as many wins as they did last year and still have 38 games remaining.
How crazy has this whole thing been? Well on August 24 last year, the Padres were enjoying an off day as they sat at 52-74, 22 games below .500 and 22.5 out of first place in the National League West.
As they wake up this morning the Padres are 75-49, 26 games over .500. They also currently hold a 5.5 game lead over the San Francisco Giants in the NL West, and have the National League’s best record by three games over the Atlanta Braves.
Several other amazing facts are readily available:
-The Friars are the only team in Major League Baseball with just one three-game losing streak this season. That string of losses came at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers who finished off a sweep of the Padres all the way back on May 16.
-The Padres’ run differential (plus-128) is third-best in baseball behind only the New York Yankees (plus-167) and Tampa Bay Rays (plus-146). Last year the Padres finished the season with a minus-131 run differential.
-San Diego has allowed a Major League-low 423 runs all season long for a 3.24 team ERA. Second place in the category belongs to the St. Louis Cardinals who have allowed 462. That’s not even close. Meanwhile, in 2009 the Padres’ team ERA was 4.37.
-Opposing batters are hitting just .235 against Padre pitching on the season. Last year, the number was .258.
-San Diego notched its 16th shutout of the season last night in the team’s win over Arizona.
-The Padres are the only National League team to total 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases this year.